"Purgatorying" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
Entertain me for the tenth hour in a row again
Anesthetize me with your gossip and many random anecdotes
And fill every hour with activity or ear candy
Drop me off at intersections in any city metropolitan

And keep me in this state
And keep me purgatorying
And sing me back to sleep
This is far more than I had bargained for

Start every week with a break-neck urgent design
And end every speed day with my briefcase representing free time
Spending my fruits my purchases become my lifeline
Please give my love to my family
I'll doubtfully be home at christmas time

Don't disturb me in this state
Please leave me purgatorying
I'll be damned if I'm to wake
This is far more than I am equipped for

I've held you up like a deity
Like you?re the sole owner of wings
This unrequited tunnel vision
And I wonder why I've not been writing

Please keep me in this state
Please keep me purgatorying
Please rock me back to sleep
This love is more than - than I have bargained for

I'll be damned if I'm to wake
This is far more than I'm equipped for

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"Purgatorying" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentI love this song, which is strange because, usually I don't like this sort of songs (too "calm!"). But the melody is really beautiful. I especially like it in the dvd "feast on scraps", even if it's irritating that the song is divided in three parts...
    Auroreon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone shed some light on exactly what all this song is about? It's great though.
    JESSLYon February 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsecond verse is about someone working their life away, blinded by all that surrounds them and what their life is consisted of, to wake them would be devastation. just like in the first and last verse.

    the last verse is about someone in love, but something (to me) seems to be wrong with the relationship, but she still doesn't want to be awaken from the blinding effect of it.

    just my interpretation.
    queenofpromiseon January 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt is about alienation and escapism, with examples of three kinds of alienation, but which are connected.

    The first verse is about alieanation through entertainment. The second, through work and the third, through relationships and romance.

    It is about realizing how we escape, more or less unconsciously through these external things, to avoid being in contact with our inner reality (which can be hard to deal with and accept), and how that prevents us from knowing ourselves better and keeps us in this "purgatory" state, when we could reach the "heaven" that awaits after this dealing with that reality that we keep hiding from.
    JulioCesaron May 22, 2013   Link

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